Just as your decision to have weight loss surgery has been an educational journey, your preoperative preparation, hospital stay and follow-up also require planning and research. Knowing what to expect can take the surprises out of the process and make you feel more comfortable along the way.
Preparing for Your Weight Loss Surgery
Things to do before your surgery:
- Attend a free information session with our weight loss surgery staff.
- Consult with your doctor to discuss the surgical option that's best for you.
- Get a comprehensive psychological screening.
- Meet for a dietary consultation.
- Get medical clearance from your primary care provider.
- Receive surgical clearance from one of our bariatric surgeons.
- Find out if additional screenings are required (cardiac, pulmonary, endocrine).
- Discuss and plan a support system for postsurgery recovery.
Our Commitment to You
Reston Hospital Center is committed to ensuring all patients receive quality care. For example, we:
- Employ a dedicated operating room staff with special interest and training in bariatric surgery
- Affiliate with physicians whose primary specialty is bariatric surgery and who have extensive experience and educational training
- Require quarterly training for all employees who care for bariatric patients
Your Hospital Stay
It's likely you'll stay in the hospital a day or two after your procedure. Your surgeon and nurses use this time to assess your response to the surgery and your overall health prior to leaving the hospital. They will ensure you're able to:
- Take enough liquids and nutrients by mouth to prevent dehydration
- Demonstrate normal, complication-free recovery
- Have adequate pain control
Follow-Up After Surgery
At Reston Hospital, we offer these follow-up activities:
- Outpatient post-op nutritional counseling
- Optional medically supervised fitness program
Your best source of information is an experienced bariatric surgeon. The bariatric surgeons at Reston Hospital know how to handle your special needs before, during and after weight loss surgery. Although bariatric surgery has shown to be an effective tool in weight loss, remember that the surgery is only a tool. A successful outcome depends on your commitment to a long-term lifestyle change.
It's important to discuss your postsurgery life with your doctor, including:
- Diet and exercise
- Going back to work
- Birth control and pregnancy
- Long-term follow-up
- Support groups